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    I have come across the following entries in a Halifax Flight Engineers logbook can anyone give any detail as to what these exercises were. All were conducted on arrival at an operational Sqn before commencing ops:

    Exercise 5 15 minutes duration
    Exercise 7 1 hour 10 minutes duration
    Exercise 9 1 hour duration
    Exercise 11 1 hour 45 minutes duration
    Exercise 12/14 1 hour 5 minutes duration
    Exercise 17/14 2 hours 5 minutes duration

    All were completed in daylight and there are seperate entries for "circuits and bumps, 3 engine flying and practice flying"

    thanks in advance

    Daz

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    Ex 5 = Climbing, descending and gliding.
    Ex 7 = Take Off
    Ex 9 = Engine Assisted Approach.
    Ex 11 = Solo Check.
    Ex 12/14 =Side slipping/ Low flying.
    Ex 17/14 = Forced Landing/ Low flying.
    Hope this is useful,
    Bill

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    Bill

    thank you so much, could I ask if you know what the missing exercises are? Also was this a standard process that all new crew would have to go through?

    Many thanks

    Daz

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    Hugh posted a summary over in the Reference section

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?9930-AFU-OTU-and-HCU-courses

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    Hi chaps,

    I am not so sure that these references fits to each other. For example:

    Exercise 5 15 minutes duration
    Ex 5 = Climbing, descending and gliding.

    - I do not think 15 minutes will be enough for such a exercise.

    From my experience I know that there was quite a differences for example between Pilot Syllabuses in different schools and different time periods.

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    I believe Pavel is correct. My father was a flight instructor with the Canadian Army from 1950 to mid 1960s, using RCAF procedures, and each school kept its own list of exercises. These would even change from time to time at a school. His log books kept lists of all the exercises in the back, without these it is pretty much guess work to explain a sinlge log book entry.

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    The question was,"What were these exercises?" rather than an explanation of how long they should last or just what was involved. All I will add is there is a note beneath the listings of these exercises which says that as from 12/9/42
    only the numbers of these exercises are to be entered in the log book. This seems to indicate that this was official numbering from a central source, rather than a local version. The note goes on to add that care should be taken to use neat and clear writing when making these log book entries.
    Bill.

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    Thank you all, to clarify my original post these Exercises were completed by the crew in question once held on the strength of 78 Sqn in May 1944 and this is after they have finnished at the HCU. The first entry in his logbook simply states:

    "circuits and bumps, 3 engine flying and practice flying"

    The remainder are entered in very neat writing as shown in the original post.

    Daz

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